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Uralkali Supports Festival of Veteran Families

27.10.2014
Uralkali Supports Festival of Veteran Families

For the first time in its history, Uralkali’s Veterans Council organised a married veterans festival; the competition was called “Grandma next to Grandpa”. Six families of potash veterans from Berezniki and Solikamsk took part in the contest.

The married veterans festival took place in honour of the Day for the Elderly and the 70th anniversary of the allied victory in World War II. There are many active and creative families among the members of the Veterans Council who competed. The Selkov, Shchekin and Sevdalev families from Berezniki and the Moshev, Shumilov and Lyakhovsky families from Solikamsk wowed the audience and the jury. Spectators enjoyed songs and dance performances, a fashion show and an inspirational poetry recital. In the end, the organisers decided not to pick a winner due to the high standard across the board.

The festival left no doubt that potash veterans are active and creative people. Uralkali’s Veterans Council helps them to discover their talents and plan their leisure time.

Nina and Pavel Selkov, veterans and contest participants:

The Veterans Council does a great job. We try to visit all the traditional festivities: the Harvest Festival, the Flower Ball, and excursions to the Belogorsky monastery and the town of Verkhoturye. Now, in autumn, various clubs have resumed. I plan to attend the ‘Longevity Living Room’, while last year, I attended gatherings of the ‘Fertile Garden’ group. In my opinion, we veterans should not stay at home when there are so many useful activities on offer.

Lyudmila Mukhataeva, head of cultural activities for Uralkali’s Veterans Council:

Our veterans are very active and talented. They keenly support any idea and help to implement it. That’s why the festival was established. Of course, much of the credit for our active and interesting lives goes to Uralkali.

Financial support from Uralkali helps potash veterans to plan their leisure time throughout the year. The Veterans Council organises a range of clubs: “Fertile Garden” for beginners and experienced gardeners; “Grandma’s Ball of Wool” for those who are beginning to knit or already able to create small masterpieces; a chess club, as well as music and movie societies; and the “Longevity Living Room”. The veterans regularly take part in guided tours around the Perm region and visit museums. This year, the Day for the Elderly featured a musical performance by Nikolay Lukinsky. In addition, the Council’s volunteers visited elderly veterans, who rarely leave their homes.

Marina Drobysheva, head of Uralkali’s Social Department:

Support for the Veterans Council is one of the most important areas of Uralkali’s social policy. The Company plans to spend more than 55 million rubles on financing the work of the Veterans Council and providing financial aid to its members in 2014 alone. For a few years now, we have been running the ‘Attention and Care’ programme to support veterans. As part of the programme, veterans who are registered with the Council receive quarterly stipends, the amount of which depends on the length of their employment with the Company. Every five years, veterans are able to improve their health by visiting a health resort owned by the Company. World War II veterans belong to a special category. On Victory Day they are traditionally provided with financial aid.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBLIITY POLICY OF OJSC "URALKALI"

OJSC "Uralkali" (OJSC "Uralkali", Company,) is one of the world’s leading potash producers. Our aim is to produce potash fertilizers to satisfy the worldwide demand for the high-quality food; we develop potash deposits in an efficient and responsible manner in order to ensure continuous development of the Company.

We follow the principles of social responsibility and we know how important it is to respect the interests of all our stakeholders (employees, partners, investors, shareholders, government authorities, public organizations, the media and the residents of the regions of Uralkalis corporate presence). We know that, as a large industrial company, we are expected to be reliable, open and stable. We aspire to fully meet these expectations in full by consistently implementing the strategy of sustainable development.

Planning our work for years ahead, we care about the well-being of the future generations and honor the obligations that we have undertaken voluntarily:

  • Securing the well-being and personal development of our employees;
  • Taking into account the unique social features of the regions where we work both when solving current problems and when making decisions regarding the Companys new projects;
  • Taking all necessary actions in order to reduce the negative impact on the safety, health and living conditions of our employees, partners and residents of the territories of Uralkalis corporate presence;
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with all the Companys stakeholders, regularly informing all interested parties of the situation in the Company and the status of the actions taken in order to reduce and eliminate environmental and social risks;
  • Taking into account the opinions of the stakeholders when making decisions in the sphere of industrial, environmental and social safety when realizing current and future projects.

Our social policy serves as a guide for each employee of OJSC "Uralkali" and it is reflected in all our programs and plans. We understand how important it is to fulfill our obligations in a full and timely way and we are committed to finding a balance between the interests of the Company, its employees and other stakeholders. We believe that this balance is the only true foundation for the harmonious growth and development of OJSC "Uralkali" and society as a whole.

URALKALIs Health, Safety and Environment Policy

OJSC “Uralkali” aims to be a leader in every aspect of its operations.

Health, safety and environment are key priorities for us and serve as a framework for every action and decision we make, irrespective of the type of activity.

We fully realise that no achievement or economic benefit may justify death of people or damage to human health and the environment of our planet. Each and every employee of OJSC Uralkali has the right to be provided with safe and comfortable conditions of labour. With that, the Company expects that every employee will strictly abide by safety regulations and will demonstrate responsible attitude towards own and fellow colleagues life and health. Only through maintaining a mutually responsible behaviour in health, safety and environment will we be able to achieve a greater level of development for our business.

Our goals are very simple and clear:

  • Zero accidents;
  • Zero industrial emergencies;
  • Reduction of environmental impact.

To achieve these goals and to ensure the maximum compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, we must create a health, safety and environment management system based on established standards.

An efficient management and continuous improvement of the corporate health and safety culture will enable us to gain significant progress in preventing and/or mitigating HSE-related issues.

We strongly believe that a successful implementation of these efforts will create conditions for the sustainable development of OJSC Uralkali.

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